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Volunteer Opportunities - Missouri

Service Saturdays

Service Saturdays are volunteer opportunities for ATSU students to go out into the community and meet with elders to discuss various health topics or simply enjoy their company. Service Saturdays occur during one Saturday each month and take place at two assisted living centers in Kirksville: St. Andrews Apartments and the Twin Pines Special Care Unit. There are four to five visits each semester, and all of the visits are organized by ATSU students in collaboration with the Aging Studies Project.

In the past, students have hosted an arts and crafts show, a healthy eating workshop, a national monument trivia event. and given musical performances and poetry readings. After the presentations have concluded, ATSU students spend time talking with the elders and answering any questions they may have.

"Overall I think it was very well organized! As a student it was nice to be able to just show up, so the organization was much appreciated! I was really impressed with how well everyone in the Aging Studies department worked together and hosted such a nice event--having the faculty there reflects how committed a department Aging Studies is. Thanks for donating your weekend time!"

- Whitney Rolling, OMS II


Community Health Experience: Sodium Reduction

The Community Health Experience: Sodium Reduction course is an interprofessional field experience for health professions students. Students explore the health effects of salt and the pervasiveness of salt in the food system, and will be responsible for planning, designing, publicizing, delivering, and evaluating presentations to audiences of various ages and health status to convey strategies to reduce daily sodium intake.

Teams will be required to complete a brief online orientation module through Blackboard, identify a potential site in the community, and create a presentation tailored to the individuals they will be presenting to.

If you are interested in participating in any of these volunteer opportunities, or if you would like more information about Service Saturdays or the Community Health Experience: Sodium Reduction course, please contact the Aging Studies Project at 660.626.2887.